INTERPREP ★ JUNE 14, 2018

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 14, 2018

This is day 165 of 2018. There are 200 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Janet Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 72

• Donald Trump is 72

• Boy George is 57

• Yasmine Bleeth is 50

• Kevin McHale (Glee) is 30

• Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) is 29

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: Whiskey distilled from maize was first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig. It was named Bourbon because Rev Craig lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

• 1937: Pennsylvania became the first state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.

• 1942: Anne Frank began to keep a diary.

• 1954: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law that placed the words “under God” to the United States’ Pledge of Allegiance.

• 1989: Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was arrested in Beverly Hills for slapping a motorcycle patrolman.

• 1996: Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,216th straight game with Baltimore, breaking an endurance record set by Japan’s Sachio Kinugasa. The Orioles beat the Royals 6-1.

• 1997: A 1939 comic book that featured the debut of Batman was auctioned in New York for $68,500.

• 2005: A woman searching for aluminum cans in a trash bin in Framingham, Massachusetts, was dumped into the back of a garbage truck after the driver empties the bin without realizing she was inside. The 38-year-old woman avoided major injury after a worker installing carpet nearby heard her screams and alerted the truck driver, who was about to press the compacting button.

• 2009: Todd Wayne Hall of Rogers, Arkansas, was convicted for a second time of abusing a child. He was sentenced to six years in prison and assessed a $10,000 fine. His crime? Biting a 5-year-old boy’s toes.

• 2012: Australia announced its plan to create the largest marine reserve in the world.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, John Adams introduced the following resolution before the Continental Congress, meeting at Philadelphia: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

• Army’s Birthday

• Family History Day

• International Bath Day

• National Bourbon Day

• Pause for the Pledge Day

• World Blood Donor Day

• Nursing Assistants Day

• Strawberry Shortcake Day

UPCOMING

• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 14: US Open (golf) begins
• June 17: Father’s Day
• July 4: Independence Day (Wednesday)
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

12,500: Miles traveled in a year by the average elevator.


NEWS ATTACK!

Japan plans to lower the legal age of adulthood from 20 to 18. [That way you can hurry up and get that first disastrous marriage out of the way.]

People were fascinated as a raccoon in Minnesota scaled a 25-story skyscraper. [Yeah, breakups are hard on everyone.]

People often confused the ancient region of Greece called Macedonia with a relatively new country called Macedonia so the new country has agreed to change its name… [to Brad].

Later this year, pearl earrings belonging to French Queen Marie Antoinette will go on the auction block. [Or is that the chopping block?]

Donald Trump says that thanks to him North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. [He’s also taking credit for the Ariana Grande-Pete Davidson engagement.]

Police in Los Angeles are investigated possible elder abuse against Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. [Thanos has been called in for questioning.]

A woman at a music festival in Minnesota got her head stuck in a truck’s tailpipe. [I’m willing to bet that the time it took for firefighters to arrive with a power saw to cut her loose is the only time that entire day that she had gone without drinking.]

Firefighters in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota had to be called after a dog became stuck on a house’s second-floor overhang. [Fortunately, the story had a happy ending despite the vicious crowd of heartless neighbor cats chanting, “Jump! Jump!”]

Domino’s is helping repair street pot holes. [Finally, they found a practical use for their pizza.]

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon that’s flavored with the secretions from a beaver. [There’s no way that you can drink that without looking like a pervert.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

CHINA WANTS TO TRACK CITIZENS’ CARS WITH MANDATORY RFID CHIPS _ The Chinese government is prepping a program that will make it possible to track citizens’ cars using RFID chips. The program, which will be voluntary at first but mandatory for new vehicles starting in 2019, starts rolling out on July 1. By installing RFID chips on the windshields of new cars, and reading devices on the side of China’s roads, government officials reportedly hope to be able to study and improve congestion, therefore helping to reduce pollution. The system wouldn’t be able to locate a car at any given moment or location, like with GPS, and it’s unclear how much information the government plans to store on each chip beyond the color of the car and its license plate number.

… Mexico is working on implementing a similar system, and countries like India, South Africa, Brazil, and Dubai use RFID chips for everything from paying for gas, parking, and tolls to issuing tickets and collecting penalties.

IQ SCORES ARE FALLING AND HAVE BEEN FOR DECADES _ IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and a new study says environmental factors are to blame. Norwegian researchers (Ragnar Frisch Center for Economic Research) analyzed the IQ scores of Norwegian men born between 1962 and 1991 and found that scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 — but then saw a steady decline among those born after 1975.

… Similar studies in Denmark, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Finland and Estonia have demonstrated a similar downward trend in IQ scores

… Researchers say these environmental factors could include changes in the education system and media environment, nutrition, reading less and being online more.

PINK NOISE MAY BE THE SECRET TO IMPROVING YOUR SLEEP AND MEMORY _ Deep sleep is critical to maintaining a robust memory, but both decline with age. A small new study (Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center) suggests that one easy way for older adults to get deeper sleep is to listen to a certain soothing sound called “pink noise.” Pink noise is a mix of high and low frequencies that sounds more balanced and natural than its better-known cousin, “white noise.” Previous studies have found that playing so-called pink noise during sleep improves the memory.

FOUND: A WAD OF WORLD WAR II BILLS WORTH OVER $2 MILLION _ An outdoor store in Brighton, England, stocks tents, sleeping bags, and an assortment of gear — but last month, it acquired a rather unexpected item. The store was in need of fixing-up, so during renovation a contractor ripped up rotten carpeting, flooring, and tiles. As he pulled away the wilted floorboards, he stumbled on a thick stump coated in dirt and grime. He thought it was a block of wood. It turned out to be a wad of £1 notes stuck together, caked in dirt. There were roughly 30 wads of £5 and £1 notes for a total of £130,000, or over $2 million in today’s U.S. dollars. The store handed over the notes to police. From 1936 to 1973, before the outdoor store occupied its current space, the location was a shop that sold gowns and furs. It’s possible the owner of that store hid the money during the war. For now, the police are holding onto the stack of bills. The outdoor store’s owner won’t be able to cash in on their find.

STARTING SALARIES FOR LAWYERS GOING UP _ Competition for the most elite law students is moving up, with several national law firms boosting starting salaries for recent law school graduates to $190,000.

A PAY CUT FOR A SHORTER COMMUTE? SIGN ME UP _ How much would you pay to have more time in your life? The average American commute in 2016 was the longest ever — just over 26 minutes. That commuting time means spending nine full days a year traveling to and from work. That’s 42 hours more per year than the average American commute in 1980.

… A new survey (from LinkedIn) says eighty-five percent of U.S. professionals would take a pay cut for a shorter commute.

PLASTIC SURGERY IS SKYROCKETING AMONG MEN _ The number of men going under the knife for procedures has skyrocketed. In 2017 alone, more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men.

… Surgeons are seeing younger men come in for body contouring procedures. Liposuction is up 23 percent, tummy tucks are up 12 percent, and male breast reductions are up 30 percent in the last five years.

… Older men, on the other hand, are having more minimally invasive procedures to look younger. In 2017, nearly 100,000 American men had filler injections, and Botox quadrupled in popularity.

BEST TIME TO EXERCISE _ The best time to exercise is in the late afternoon. That’s the word from a neurologist (at Northwestern University) who offers these common-sense reasons for exercising after lunch instead of before breakfast: Your muscle strength is at its highest, you’re less likely to injure yourself, and unlike the very early morning, you’re awake and alert.

NO DEEP CONVERSATIONS WHILE TALKING ON YOUR PHONE _ People who use their phones while driving make as many, if not more, driving errors as clinically drunk drivers. In a study (out of New Zealand) the risk of collision is four times greater when driving while using a cell phone. Concentrating on a conversation, not simply the physical act of holding a cell phone, is what distracts the driver. The nature of the conversation matters too, with deep and meaningful dialogs creating a greater distraction and added risk than small talk.

MICHIGAN FAMILY HAS 14 BOYS _ A family in Michigan is made up of one mom, one dad, and 14 boys. Jay Schwandt is the 44-year-old father of the boy brood. He and wife Kateri (43) had three children while they were students at Ferris State University in Michigan, starting with Tyler, their oldest, who now is 25. The newest Schwandt, Finley Sheboygan, entered the world in April.

… The newborn’s middle name is inspired by a tale Kateri’s dad — also a father of 14 — tells about an American Indian chief who was the father of many boys. The chief believed his last child would be a girl, but when the baby was a boy, the chief named him Sheboygan. As in “she is a boy again.” So they decided to have a little fun with it.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: NURSING HOMES FOR DOGS _ Japan has nursing homes for dogs with round-the-clock monitoring by doctors and teams of puppies to help aging pooches feel younger. Dog owners pay $800 or more a month to keep their dogs at the canine nursing homes. Besides the round-the-clock monitoring by veterinarian,  residents are fed gourmet nutritious dog food.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ‘DEAD’ MAN RETURNS HOME AFTER FAMILY INCORRECTLY IDENTIFIED BODY _ A year ago the relatives of a missing Japanese man identified the body of the wrong man. Thinking it was their loved one who drowned in a river, they cremated the body. But it wasn’t their relative. They found out because he returned home alive. His wife called police to notify officials they were given the wrong body.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ATTEMPTS TO SHOOT RACCOON, SHOOTS HIMSELF INSTEAD _ Early Wednesday morning, officers in Colorado Springs responded to a reported shooting. When officers arrived to the area, they located a male inside a garage with an apparent gunshot wound to his lower leg. The man said he was trying to shoot a raccoon off a telephone pole, but accidentally shot himself in the lower leg.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAR THIEVES PROVIDE PHOTO EVIDENCE _ In England, police got a tip about a pair of guys who had stolen some cars. They got a warrant and went to the apartment the guys shared. While arresting the two men, the police also found a camera, and decided to look at the photos. The last four taken showed the thieves proudly displaying the tools of their trade. They had both posed happily with car keys, screwdrivers, wrenches, and other tools for breaking into cars.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR GNOME RUSTLING _ A Gnome rustler was arrested in France after going on a gnome stealing spree. The man was suspected of stealing 170 gnomes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF SMILES FOR CAMERA _ In England a man robbed another man of his $400 silver chain and bracelet. Rather than fleeing, the thief put the necklace on and then spent several seconds admiring how nice he looked — by staring at his reflection in the lens of the security camera that had recorded the whole thing.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN GOES TO JAIL FOR PIT-SNIFFING _ A Singapore man with a love for sniffing women’s armpits was sentenced to 14 years in jail. The 36-year-old assaulted 23 women over the course of 15 months, smelling their armpits and touching them in elevators, stairwells and their homes.


ON TELEVISION

LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — New.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM  (8p ET, FOX) — New

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

YOUNG SHELDON (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: MARLON (9p ET, NBC) — In the 2nd season premiere, Marlon convinces Ashley to let Zack model for a kids’ athletic line. Another new episode follows.

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

MOM (9p ET, CBS ) — Repeat

BEAT SHAZAM (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

BLACK LIGHTNING (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New

LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

TO TELL THE TRUTH (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE (10p ET, Bravo) — The 5th and final season begins with Abby and the girlfriends looking back to their struggles and victories over the past six months.

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10:30p ET, Paramount Network) — Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari face off in this new episode.

STRANGE ANGEL (CBS All Access) — This new series, produced by Ridley Scott, is inspired by a true story about a blue-collar worker in the 1930s who is drawn to the idea of building rockets and also to the occult teachings of Aleister Crowley.


ENTERTAINMENT

FIRST LOOK AT AVENGERS 4 PROMISES A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE MCU _ Marvel fans… here we go. On Wednesday at a convention for the cinema industry in Europe, Disney treated fans to previews for Toy Story 4 and Wreck-It Ralph 2. The company also debuted some exclusive new footage from Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and AVENGERS 4!

… The featurette that debuted for Captain Marvel supposedly debuted the first-ever official footage of Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, and someone supposedly said, “Captain Marvel is about to take the lead in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

… The current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has revolved around Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and when Avengers 4 finally releases, it’ll mark the beginning of a new era with new heroes.

… We don’t know for sure that what was shown of Avengers 4 was confirmed concept art or video. But according to MovieWeb, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige (feye-gee) introduced Avengers 4 “footage” by saying, “We’re going to see our characters make an effort to become a real team with each other.”

AVENGERS 4 MIGHT HAVE THAT BEGINS WITH A, F AND H _ At a European cinema trade show Wednesday the title of the next Avengers movie was supposedly released — but those who were told were sworn to secrecy. Someone did hint that the the title will be Avengers: F-word H-word. Twitter users were guessing: Avengers: Fallen Heroes; Avengers: Final Hours; Avengers: Forever Heroes; and Avengers: Forgotten Heroes.

BOB ROSS RECORDINGS RECAST AS BEDTIME AUDIO SERIES AUDIO  The blissful and soothing sounds of The Joy of Painting’s Bob Ross have been made into a happy little audio series. The maker of popular meditation app Calm is recasting audio from episodes of The Joy of Painting to create “Sleep Stories” narrated by Ross that help users relax and slip off to a peaceful slumber. The series marks the first time that Bob Ross Inc., which manages the late painting star’s estate and brand, has agreed to license audio from the show.

… A spokesperson for Bob Ross Inc. said, “We hear from people almost daily who are going on to YouTube to hear his voice. People back in the day were shy to tell him they fell asleep listening to him. They thought it would insult him. He loved it.”

… In an interview with The Orlando Sentinel in 1990, Ross said, “The majority of our audience does not paint, has no desire to paint, will never paint. They watch it strictly for entertainment value or for relaxation. We’ve gotten letters from people who say they sleep better when the show is on.”

DUMBO OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER _ Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo. The reimagined story will follow a former circus star, played by Colin Farrell, who returns to the big tent after coming home from war. He finds work with a struggling circus and is put in charge of a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the show. Alan Arkin, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito are also part of the cast. The movie comes out March 29. • VIDEO

WONDER WOMAN SEQUEL NOW HAS A TITLE AND PLOT _ The next movie featuring everyone’s favorite Amazon warrior princess has a title. Wonder Woman 2 is officially Wonder Woman 1984. Other news: Chris Pine will be back as the character formerly known as Dead Steve Trevor. The movie also stars Kristen Wiig. She plays Barbara Ann Minerva, aka The Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s nemesis. Here’s what we know at the moment about the plot: “Diana Prince conflicts with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s, and finds a formidable foe in Barbara Ann Minerva as an antagonist.” The movie will premiere on November 1, 2019.

THE FLASH STANDALONE MOVIE WILL HAVE A BACK TO THE FUTURE FEEL _ After not achieving nearly the level of box office success that they were hoping for with Justice League, Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Universe are making some changes. Ben Affleck is allegedly out as Batman, The Joker is getting his own movie, and the standalone movie for The Flash is going to have a different feel and will be inspired by Back to the Future.

PARODY ACCOUNT CALLED WHEEL OF FORTUNE ANSWERS _ There’s a parody Twitter account called “Wheel of Fortune Answers” that comes up with all the wrong answers we wish people would give on the show. • LINK

FORTNITE WORLD CUP 2019 WITH $100 MILLION PRIZE MONEY _ Epic Games announced that they are organizing the Fortnite World Cup 2019, which will include “community organized events, online events, and major organized competitions all over the world, where anyone can participate, and anyone can win.” Qualifying matches for the Fortnite competition will begin this fall and the actual World Cup will kick off in late 2019. $100 million in prize money being awarded throughout the worldwide competition.

LAPD INVESTIGATING CLAIM THAT STAN LEE IS VICTIM OF ELDER ABUSE _ The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that Stan Lee is the victim of elder abuse. A judge granted the order pending a hearing in July. The order blocks Keya Morgan, a memorabilia collector who has been acting as Lee’s manager, from contacting Lee or coming within 100 yards of him. The application was filed by Tom Lallas, an attorney who represented Lee until he was fired in February. Lallas accuses Morgan of isolating Lee and putting his well-being at risk.

L.A. DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REVIEWING CASE AGAINST STALLONE _ The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is reviewing a criminal case from the Santa Monica Police Department involving Sylvester Stallone to determine whether charges will be filed. A spokesman declined to provide further information about the referral, but Stallone late last year faced an allegation that he raped a woman in the 1990s. The woman filed a police report in December, even though it was past California’s 10-year statute of limitation on sexual assault. Late last year, Marty Singer, Stallone’s attorney, said his client “categorically disputes” the accusation and added that the woman filed the report to get media attention.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN LEAVES TWITTER AFTER BECOMING HOMOPHOBIC MEME _ A week after trolls from the Star Wars fanbase harassed and bullied The Last Jedi’s Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram, 14-year-old Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her Twitter account after various users posted memes depicting her as a violent homophobe. The meme-generators generally take various selfies and photos of Brown, and add homophobic statements and slurs. Brown is public supporter of GLAAD’s Together movement and has previously voiced support for Parkland shooting survivors.

… Brown’s secondary, anti-bullying Twitter account, @MillieStopsHate, is still live.

KEVIN SPACEY IN FIRST MOVIE SINCE SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS _ Kevin Spacey will appear in his first film since being accused of sexual misconduct. The actor was accused last year of making sexual advances towards Star Trek actor Anthony Rapp when he was 14, with multiple more people coming forward with similar claims afterward. Spacey will star in Billionaire Boys Club playing real-life con artist Ron Levin. The movie, which also stars Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, Suki Waterhouse, and Ansel Elgort, centers around a get-rich-quick scheme that targeted the families of Harvard students in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. • VIDEO

… Billionaire Boys Club was filmed two years ago. It will be released in July.

MINECRAFT: STORY MODE IS COMING TO NETFLIX — BUT NOT AS A GAME _ You’ll soon be able to experience Minecraft on Netflix. Netflix has licensed a five-episode interactive narrative series that will be out this fall and is similar to choose-your-own-adventure titles.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

DROP: Listen, don’t be nervous. You’re here for a reason so go for it and good luck.

BOB ROSS: There’s an app using Bob’s voice that will lull you to sleep. Here’s a bit of his old painting show.

GUN REFORM: A Colorado candidate pepper-sprayed himself in campaign video on gun reform.

FATHER’S DAY: Father’s Day clip package.


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK THIS

FB icon  A new survey says that Homer Simpson is our “Favorite TV Dad.” Who is YOUR favorite TV dad?

MOST AMERICANS KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THEIR CARS

Cooper Tires surveyed Americans about their cars and, well, we kinda suck as owners.

• One in four feel “burdened” by their car.

• 68 percent of cars currently having at least one thing wrong with them.

• 36 percent don’t know the first thing about fixing a flat tire.

• Nearly half of car owners aren’t confident they’d be able to change their car’s oil.

• Almost 30 percent aren’t confident they could even pick out the correct oil their car needs.

• One in four aren’t confident they could jump start a car should the situation arise.

• One in five say using an air pressure gauge to check tire pressure is confusing.

• 41 percent were unable to actually identify a car’s engine when presented with an image. WHAT???

• Over half (54 percent) feel intimidated when dealing with a car mechanic.

• 70 percent are extremely confident they could add washer fluid to their car.

• 48 percent are extremely confident they could replace their windshield wipers.

TRENDING ON TWITTER: #WHYMYKIDISCRYING

• I took the toast off her head.

• I put the straw in the Capri Sun.

• I made ice water the incorrect way.

• The Oreo package he pulled out of the trash can is empty.

• She asked me to cut her sandwich into triangles and I cut it into triangles.

LESSONS FOR FATHERHOOD

Here are lessons from the front lines of fatherhood — and Moms, these will work for you as well. (Source unknown.)

• The first lesson is: The “yes” not “what” rule. When your daughter calls out to you, answer her by saying “yes?”, or her name, in a loving, respectful way. Never answer by saying “what?” It’s unwelcoming and dismissive. It tells her that she’s interrupted you or that something else is more important than hearing her speak. You can use that one with your spouse too.

• The first bite/last bite rule. Have your kid promise to take at least one real bite of any food they’re served — even if they find it appalling. In exchange, they can have the last bite of any food on your plate that looks tasty to them. Knowing that they only have to take one real bite gives kids the courage to try things they otherwise wouldn’t.

• When it comes to discipline: Try the 90% rule. When faced with dealing with an angry parent or telling a lie, a kid will often choose the lie. Therefore, there needs to be a clear benefit to telling the truth. So let your kid know that when they come to you and tell the truth about something they did wrong, tell them what the punishment would have been had they lied, then reduce the punishment by 90%. So two weeks without TV becomes two nights.

• The whisper when you’re upset rule: No matter how much you love your children, you will get upset with them. Just because your angel did something idiotic doesn’t mean you have to act like an idiot too. If you want your kids to take in every word you’re saying, lean over to them, put your lips close to their ear, and whisper. “I’m very disappointed in the way you’re acting.” There’s no need to hiss or explode or sound angry. You’ll get your message across. Whispering parents inspire, yelling parents intimidate.

HOW YOU KNOW YOU LEAD A GROSS LIFE

It’s time to wake up and admit it: mom’s not coming to take care of you or your home. You know you lead a gross life when:

• You eat in bed.

• You can’t remember the last time you washed your sheets.

• Laundry baskets are a nice thought.

• You haven’t seen the bottom of your sink in a very long time.

• You don’t know what’s hiding in the back of your fridge

• You don’t own a vacuum cleaner.

• You don’t give a second thought to your cleaning products.

• You don’t clean up after your pets.

• You have no idea what an HVAC system is.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: In a survey of smells, Americans chose this as their favorite. (Banana)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Woman rescued after getting head stuck in:

• Watermelon
• Truck exhaust pipe*
• Washing machine

A young woman found herself in the wrong place at a central Minnesota music festival. Officials said she got her head stuck in a truck’s exhaust pipe near the Winstock Music Festival in Winsted. It is not clear why she did so. The local fire department was called in, and used a power saw to help get her out. Authorities cited her for underage drinking. • LINK


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Meteorologist solves Rubik’s Cube while giving weather report.


DATEBOOK: JUNE 15, 2018

This is day 167 of 2018. There are 199 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jim Belushi is 64

• Actress Julie Hagerty (Airplane) is 63

• Helen Hunt is 55

• Courteney Cox (Friends) is 54

• Ice Cube is 49

• Leah Remini is 48

• Neil Patrick Harris is 45

• Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) is 43

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

• 1785: The first fatal accident in aviation history occurred when two French aeronauts, attempting to cross the English Channel from France to England in a balloon, died when their balloon caught fire and crashed to the ground.

• 1846: The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest.

• 1864: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

• 1923: Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

• 1992: Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, New Jersey, elementary school student to spell potato as “potatoe” during a spelling bee.

• 1995: During his murder trial O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

• 2002: Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

• 2007: Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as host of the CBS game show The Price Is Right.

• 2007: American artist and inventor Kasey McMahon announced latest creation: meat shorts. McMahon’s previous inventions include the Compubeaver — a computer housed in a dead beaver.

• 2012: Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Native American Citizenship Day

• Nature Photography Day

• Flip Flop Day

• Elder Abuse Awareness Day

• Worldwide Day of Giving

• Lobster Day

UPCOMING

• June 17: Father’s Day
• July 4: Independence Day (Wednesday)
• September 3: Labor Day
• September 22: Oktoberfest in Munich begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

• Country singer Billy Crash Craddock is 80. Joan Van Ark is 75. Laurie Metcalf is 63. Eddie Cibrian is 45. Daniel Bruhl is 40.

• Fudge Day. Mermaid Day. World Juggling Day. Fudge Day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17

• Barry Manilow is 75. Joe Piscopo is 67. Mark Linn-Baker is 64. Thomas Haden Church is 57. Greg Kinnear is 55. Jason Patric is 52. Will Forte is 48. Kendrick Lamar is 31.

• Father’s Day. Eat Your Vegetables Day. Husband Caregiver Day. Garbage Man Day. Turkey Lovers Day. Apple Strudel Day. Cherry Tart Day.